Cost of count afresh in Listowel Municipal District yet to be determined

Kerry County Council says it is not possible to estimate the costs of running the count afresh for the Listowel Municipal District. The count afresh, which ran over two days and included transported disputed votes to Limerick Circuit Court, at was ordered following a Supreme Court ruling. count afresh counting Following the local elections in May 2014 Independent candidate Dan Kiely mounted a legal challenge which would go to whole way to the Supreme Court. That challenge centered on the inclusion of certain votes by the Returning Officer in the count. These ballots had no clear number one preference but contained “3,4,5” which was interpreted as “1,2,3”. The Supreme Court judges agreed this interpretation of the legislation was a mistake and ordered a count afresh. This took place on Wednesday and Thursday last week in the John Mitchels GAA Club in Tralee and resulted in no change to those elected to the local authority. Kerry County Council says it isn’t possible to provide an estimate of costs associated with running the count afresh and some costs remain to be determined by the Circuit Court. The issue of liability for costs remains to be finally determined. Management will be providing an update on this issue at the forthcoming Council meeting.